By Edem Darlington
The 130 Battalion of the Nigerian Army, Ogoja has carried out free medical outreach in some communities in the northern region of Cross River State.
The outreach which was held at RCM Primary school Utanga Obanliku Local Government Area of the State, according to them is part of the ongoing Exercise Still Water.
Welcoming the Commanding Officer and members of the medical team, Chairman of Obanliku Local Government Area Hon (Mrs) Margaret Inde appreciated the Nigerian Army for the initiative, maintaining that the gesture was first of its kind at Utanga community. She admonished the indigenes of Utanga to take advantage of the opportunity to meet their health needs.
In the remarks of the Commanding Officer Major Faruk Umar noted the medical outreach was part of the Civil Military Cooperation (CIMIC) programmed with the ongoing Exercise Still Water. He said the aim was also to strengthen relationship between the military and the community not to scare people away but build synergies and assist in information gathering on security treat around the community.
The Paramount Ruler of Obanliku Local Government Area Ambassador Dr Amos Item JP also in appreciation assured the Nigerian Army of the traditional rulers support when necessary.
The Medical Services rendered to members of the community included; health awareness, health talks, medical examination, disbursement of drugs, dental checks, free eye glasses and a host of others.